Social Distance Sprouts Ride

The Social Distance Sprouts Ride is an alternative to the 2020 Sprouts Ride, in keeping with CDC recommendations for how to exercise safely during this time of social distancing.

The Social Distance Sprouts Ride is a guide for you to take a solitary bike ride with no person-to-person contact, as allowed by Mayor Bowser’s Stay-At-Home Order on March 30, 2020. Please follow all guidelines and orders regarding COVID-19 as they develop.

If you go for a #SocialDistanceSprouts Ride, please be vigilant about observing social distancing guidelines: maintaining 6 feet from others, no person-to-person contact, and sanitizing your hands frequently—especially after being out in public— for your own and others’ health. Leave a lot of room for passing, stop 6 ft behind others at intersections, and plan to ride more slowly than you usually might. See our blog post about Biking during COVID-19 for more details.

It is free for all to participate in #SocialDistanceSprouts! Here’s how:

  1. Check out the Social Distance Sprouts Ride Guide at waba.org/socialdistancesprouts.  See route maps, download and print the cue sheets, or load the turn-by-turn directions into your GPS. This includes both our 6-mile Bean Sprout Route and our 14-mile Sapling Route. 
  2. Make sure you have what you need for a safe, fun ride! The Ride Guide has a complete list of what to bring with you on your ride, including the necessities: water, snacks, and hand sanitizer/disinfecting wipes. 
  3. Enjoy your ride! Tweet and tag us on Instagram @WABADC using #SocialDistanceSprouts to show off pics from your ride. Complete the #SocialDistanceSprouts Scavenger Hunt and share what you find!During the month of April, WABA will share your tweets and posts from #SocialDistanceSprouts. 

Please consider making a donation to WABA at waba.org/give. We are grateful for your support!

The Sprouts Ride was full of joy

On Sunday, April 28th, WABA hosted the first annual Sprouts Ride!

A dreary start to the morning broke open to reveal balmy sunshine and the grins of riders as they discovered—or rediscovered—how much fun it is to go for a low-stress, casual bike ride around the city.

Riders on WABA’s first Sprouts Ride!
Photo Credit: Jas Sanchez

Riders could choose from two routes: the 6-mile “Bean Sprout Root” and the 14-mile “Sapling Root”. Many riders enjoyed that the routes showed them how to ride their bikes to and from local destinations that they would visit in the course of everyday life: Kingman Island Park, Audi and Nationals Stadiums (Stadia?), and Anacostia Park, while also showcasing the federal DC, with views of the Capitol and the mall.

After a fun ride, participants returned to REI to catch live music from Roan Gap, a local bluegrass band, play games and learn about bike maintenance from REI staff, pick up a free beer or kombucha, and eat tacos! Some riders also took action: after having ridden nearby the K St corridor, riders signed a petition to make K St a better place to bike, walk, and live.

To all the riders: thank you for supporting WABA! Like all signature rides, the proceeds from the Sprouts Ride directly fund the hard work that WABA is doing to make bicycling better for everyone in the region. Your support helps us advocate for better trails and more bike lanes—safer conditions for all. Thank you.

We’ve collected some photos from the ride below, but, first, a final shoutout to our sponsors:

Find the full album of Sprouts Ride photos here!

Meet the Sprouts Ride!

Happy first day of spring! We have some very exciting news: we are launching two new signature events this spring! You heard right. Two. New. Events.

First comes the Sprouts Ride, on Sunday, April 28th. For those of you who have been attending WABA events for awhile, you probably remember that this the time of year when we usually hosted the Vasa Ride. Well, 2018 was the last Vasa Ride, and the Sprouts Ride is not just a rebrand—it’s a whole new thing!

WABA’s newest spring ride is coming soon! Meet the Sprouts Ride. 🌱

Learn more and sign up here!

As with all WABA signature rides, the Sprouts Ride is a fundraiser for WABA. We organize five big rides per year to convene our bike community, have a good time riding together, and raise money for WABA’s advocacy, education, and outreach across the region.

The Sprouts Ride is going to be FUN. Starting at REI’s flagship store in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington, DC, we’ve planned 5-mile and 15-mile routes, rolling past iconic local landmarks, premier regional multi-use trails, and wonderful city neighborhoods. These routes are the perfect chance for you to relax and enjoy some springtime biking in the city, to bring your kids along, or invite a friend who is new to biking. (We’ll also set up pit stops, so you can get that perfect photo op.)

A great thing about the Sprouts Ride is that your day doesn’t end after you get off your bike. We’ve got you covered: REI’s flagship store in NoMa is hosting a celebration of all things bicycling that will feature food, drinks, and music from a live band for the afternoon. Hang out and enjoy the afternoon at REI, grab a drink at Red Bear Brewing next door, or explore the many offerings of the surrounding NoMa neighborhood.

So—start spring off on a good foot, get your friends and family together, and get outside for some two-wheeled urban fun!

Register!

But wait…what about the second ride? I’m going to keep that a secret for a little bit longer. But, I will strongly encourage you to mark your calendar for Saturday, June 15th.